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Anne-Marie Senatus

When she first arrived in Palm Beach, Florida, at the age of 11 from her native Haiti, Anne-Marie Senatus spoke no English. She was bilingual, fluent in Creole and French, but learning the language of America would be a process of total immersion inside the classroom and in the world beyond. “I didn’t know any English […]

Matthew Forrest

Like so many of us, Tallahassee native Matthew Forrest was unclear about his career goals when he first came to Florida State University. After one semester, he left school and began to work full-time, eventually earning an associate degree in graphic design. Ten years later, he is completing his BFA in studio art within the College of Fine Arts. “As a […]

John Sutor

John Sutor was a junior in high school when he first visited Florida State University as a participant in the Young Scholars Program, a six-week residential science and mathematics summer program for Florida high school students with significant potential for careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Captivated by the beautiful campus and intrigued by the […]

Erin Murphy

Erin Murphy has made sure to seize every opportunity that has come her way at Florida State University. A native of St. Petersburg, Fla., she came to FSU after graduating from St. Petersburg Collegiate High School as a salutatorian and with an associate’s degree in hand. Murphy initially chose to attend FSU after being recruited to play Division I beach volleyball. She was impressed with the program’s resources and emphasis on the value of hard work. During her senior year of high school, Murphy also applied for FSU’s Honors Program and was […]

Ava Dodd

While touring colleges in high school, Ava Dodd immediately felt a connection to Florida State University’s campus and knew this was where she belonged. “The energy and enthusiasm of the students at FSU, coupled with the grandeur and elegance of the campus, made me feel instantly at home,” she said. As a first-generation college student, […]

Michelle Grand

When considering a college to pursue a civil engineering degree, Michelle Grand knew exactly what she was looking for, and she found it at Florida State University. A small-school feel, inclusive environment, a diverse student body and bountiful opportunities outside the classroom were at the top of Grand’s list as she considered what school she’d […]

Scarlett Roy

Scarlett Roy’s love of music was a key reason why she decided to attend Florida State University, and that astute choice helped her discover her career passion. Roy, a senior biology major, got her first taste of life in Florida when she moved here from Virginia as a teenager. The idea of enrolling at FSU excited […]

Nathen Mergen

Nathen Mergen is a second-year student at Florida State University whose world travels have given him a global perspective that inspires his devotion to local needs. Mergen was born in St. Cloud, Minnesota, but grew up in many cities thanks to his father’s far-reaching assignments as a U.S. Marine. Mergen attended two high schools — one in […]

Travis Burhart

Florida State University junior Travis Burhart has spent his time as a student pursuing his commitment to leadership and love for the outdoors. Through research and unique experiences at FSU, Burhart has paved his own path to align with his interests. Burhart, a resident of Franklin, Tennessee, knew Florida State was the place for him […]